Thankful

Hi everyone - hope you're all having a fabulous week!

My week has been…not what I expected.  

Yesterday afternoon I was in a pretty bad car accident.  

It happened out of the blue (I suppose that's generally what happens), and it left me extremely shaken up.  It all happened so incredibility fast - I mostly remember the way the light looked as it refracted off of my windshield.  Everything was golden, white, and baby blue - the whole inside of my car seemed illuminated.  I remember the impact as the side of my car crumbled in on itself, and the sensation of my vehicle being on it's side.  It righted itself, and I remember having the instinct to slam on my break before I crashed into a building.  When the car came to a stop, my first instinct was to get out get out get OUT.  I couldn't think, couldn't speak, couldn't even register what had just happened.  I stood on the sidewalk staring at my crushed car and thought, for a moment, that I must be dreaming.

It was absolutely terrifying.

Thankfully there were some EMT's in the area and they helped calm me down and take my vitals until the ambulance came.  By that time my panic had begun to subside (though I was still extremely rattled) and we determined that I didn't need to go straight to the ER.  The other driver was alright, thank goodness.

I'm definitely feeling beat up today.  My neck and back are ridiculously sore (I'm thinking bout trying acupuncture…anyone know if that helps with whiplash?) and I'm still upset about the whole accident.  I'd never been in a car accident before and it's always frightening when you realize your life could drastically change in the span of five seconds.  I'm still trying to cope with  that sensation.  When I think about the fact that someone else could have been in the car with me I burst into tears - when I think about the things that could have happened I find myself feeling short of breath and utterly distressed.  But in the midst of this, I'm really trying to focus on the positive.  I'm so, so thankful that no one was seriously hurt.  And although it was a scary experience, I'm going to move forward with a greater determination to live life to its fullest.  You never know what or when something could happen.  And there's absolutely no point in worrying about that.  But it is important to cherish the life you have and all of the people in it.  Do the things that make you happy, stand up for what you believe in, and never give up on your dreams and goals.  Inspire and be inspired, create, learn, and love.  

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me - I love you all and am so blessed to have you in my life.  I encourage everyone to do something that brings them joy today (and everyday!), whether it's spending some extra time with friends, eating a huge bowl of fro-yo, going to a workout class, writing a poem, or soaking up some sunlight outside.

Live fully and live happily!

XOXO!